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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready to allow worldwide inspectors into a key nuclear testing site, signaling a step forward in Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

The upbeat tone is a marked difference from Pompeo's last visit to Pyongyang, which saw North Korea slam the U.S. for "gangster-like" behaviour in its demands for unilateral disarmament.

He said that dialogue would develop favourably "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries".

DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

He also thanked Trump for working to make good on what was agreed at their June summit in Singapore.

The statement said the two leaders "discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location and date of that next summit".

"We believe this has been a direct attack on our mutual trust, and has cast a shadow on China-U.S. relations", Wang said.

"But with respect to our relationship with the Republic of Korea and Japan on this issue, I have found that we are in lockstep on the most important issues and how to approach them", Pompeo said.

Kim expressed enthusiasm for the future of talks between the two nations.

Pompeo told reporters in Pyongyang the two "had a great, great visit" and that Trump sent his regards.

The Sunday stop in Pyongyang was Pompeo's first chance to introduce his special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, to leaders there.

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In a summit in April, the leaders of South and North Korea agreed to cooperate in declaring an end to the war this year, saying that they will seek multilateral talks involving the USA and possibly China.

North Korea so far has suspended nuclear and missile tests, freed three American prisoners and dismantled parts of a missile engine facility and tunnel entrances at a nuclear test site.

In a more upbeat note, Pyongyang's state media said on Monday Kim lauded his talks with Pompeo, where Kim "explained in detail the proposals for solving the denuclearisation issue".

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Mr Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.

Pompeo also discussed additional denuclearization steps that the reclusive regime can take, as well as Washington's monitoring of the verification process and "corresponding measures", according to the presidential office.

Since Trump and Kim met, US-North Korea relations have stalled.

"I've never been involved in an worldwide discussion where there weren't differences of view, not only between governments but inside of governments", he said.

Washington and Pyongyang have sparred over the exact terms of the vaguely-worded agreement in Singapore, with the USA pushing to maintain sanctions and pressure against the North until its "final, fully verified denuclearisation".

The North has accused Washington of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization and has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks.

Pompeo says Kim agreed inspectors will be invited to two testing sites.

Moon also said there was a possibility of Kim holding a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


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